The Senate education committee is meeting Tuesday to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, a billionaire school choice advocate, best known for her work chairing the American Federation for Children.
As a Senate committee nears a vote on Betsy DeVos's nomination as U.S. secretary of education, several Democrats on the panel continue to press concerns about the nominee's financial disclosure and ethics agreement.
The Jan. 30 letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights was released one day before the Senate education committee's scheduled vote on DeVos' nomination.
The issue of the regulatory burden coming from the federal government has come up recently in connection with higher education and with a spending requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Teachers, former education secretaries, and others with links to education are speaking out about President Donald Trump's executive order about refugees and international travel.
Moderate senators appear likely to support DeVos, meaning she will almost certainly be confirmed. But Democrats are already fundraising off of the controversy surrounding her nomination.
School choice is front-and-center in national debates about education, in large part because of Trump's nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos.
Jason Botel's move might surprise some of those who view Trump's education policy through a strictly partisan or conservative lens.
EdWeek reached a handful of Republican teachers and others who voted for President Donald Trump, but oppose Betsy DeVos, his pick for education secretary.
"I believe that all students, including individuals with disabilities, deserve an equal opportunity to lead full, productive and successful lives," DeVos wrote in her Jan. 24 letter to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.